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Sun Block - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 07-05-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ipc2000, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 04/04/13 notes. Had this on tap at the tasting room in NY.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lightly sour fruits, which is kind of nice. Also smells of spice, wheat, yeast, citrus hops, lemon, grains, bread, and some earthy notes. Nose is quite nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hop, floral hops, spices, yeast, wheat, bready malts, some earthy malts, grains, and some light fruits. No sourness at all. Nice citrus and floral notes, though I liked the nose a little bit better.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer; could definintely have a few of them.

o - Overall a pretty nice witbier. I liked the nose a lot, and it is easy to drink. They were selling six packs of this and I could see a lot of non-craft beer drinkers loving this one if it was brought to a BBQ. Would have it again.

mdfb79, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +9%

tobelerone, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.3%

acurtis, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of SMason
4/5  rDev +9%

SMason, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -18.3%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very hazy, whitish yellow, very pale and cloudy. Huge white head never fully faded and tons of clingy lace down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation.

very light, lots of yeast asnd some light fruit, little grain, and a touch of hops. Lots of yeast and light fruits, some peach and pear. Very light taste, awesome hot summer day flavor.rich and creamy, very nice consistency and feel. Great carbonation.Could put down a ton, really easy drinker.Overall I was really impressed by this

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Flaming Fury release party.

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw body with minimal white crown that rapidly dissipates and shows little lace.

Smell: wheat and a muted orange/lemon/herbal note.

Taste: same as smell. the finish is sweeter than the amount of wheat tartness in the nose led me to assume it would be.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied...fairly appropriate for the style. Moderate amount of carbonation makes it moderately enjoyable.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable

Not an amazing example of the style but good for an American attempt and a beer I'd love to have at any local bbq.

koopa, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had at the Burger Shoppe in downtown Manhattan, on Water Street.

A- Pours a gold, opaque. Very bubbly. Some head with limited lacing, though that could be because it was in a chilled mug.
S- Mild wheat scent.
T- Extremely crisp and carbonated. Tempered wheat taste. Has a very mild bite to it. Really well balanced, excellent beer.

Amalak, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of m1ked
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy straw colored yellow, when held up to the light it seems very pale and translucent. A brief modest white head that quickly transforms into a skimming of the top. A couple of slow streamers that have lots of space in between the next risin bubble.

S- That familiar sweet sugary belgian aroma with a tad bit of tartness mixed with the usual banana (light here). Some herbal character to it.

T- Takes a few seconds to develop, there is a mild belgian, sugary sweetness that quickly gets replaced by a tame citrusy tartness. Like a tart apricot with a drop or 2 of lemon.

M- Good carbonation that scrubs your tongue- in a gentle/good way. I like the tart, and finishes semi-dry.

D- I could drink these all summer. Crisp, refreshing, tasty. This is my idea of a sessional summer beer.

m1ked, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler from the brewery.

A- Sun block holds a dark yellow/light golden color with a skim of white loose foam on the top, fades quick leaving no lace.

S- A typical witte with citrus scent including lemon, orange peel and spice such as clove. Some earthy hops are there but light.

T- A well balanced witte with the above mentioned ingredients, I seem to be getting more orange peel but the lemon flavor is nice as well. The yeast also makes headway as well as clove, the hops keep everything in perspective.

M- Light bodied with a bit of carb felt under the tounge. Goes down smooth and almost to easy with some spice and yeast in the aftertaste.

D- Again, almost to easy to drink, Im glad the abv is low as I would be on the ground by now. Finished off the growler in no time, but I shared some because this style of beer gets boring after a while. Great for summer.

BARFLYB, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a frothy generous white head that held well; hazier, brighter light yellow color

S - Wheaty and yeasty; some spiciness; light fruitiness and some bananas

T - Touch of tart ripe fruit; mellows to a sweeter/spicier flavor, banana shows up a gain

M - Lighter, but still a good body; nice carbonation; dry chalky finish

D - Nice drinking; refreshing and interesting enough.

Overall, worth a look and a nice summertime brew.

Nickls, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Moxley
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap at the brewery's 3rd anniversary party.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head.

S - Lots of coriander spice and citrus with some floral and grassy notes.

T - I love witbiers beers and this one just didn't do it for me. Had a strong coriander and orange citrusy bite and not much wheat.

M&D - Light and crisp mouthfeel, refreshing summertime beer. Just not that great tasting.

Don't go out of your way for this one if you're a fan of the style.

Moxley, May 17, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ginger Man. Wheat aroma. Pale yellow cidery colour with some lace. Nicely drinkable, a bit astringent citrus, even some hop but also well malted finish.Subtle spice: corriander. Refreshing summer beer. Mineral water carbonation, average or above mouthfeel.

Sammy, May 15, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear golden orange with a nice, creamy white head. Aroma and flavor intensely of orange rind and some citrus and spices. This was not quite like any other witbiers I've had, but it was decent. 7/4/7/4/12 (3.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slowly but surely getting to the end of the list of beers to try by CL.

Pours an almost clear gold with a white head. Nose is straight up dough, spices and funk. Fairly straightforward. Flavor is along the same lines. Doughy funky citrus flavor. Yep. It's a witbier. Feel is a bit of a biting carbonation and the liquid is typical. I consder this a pretty spot on interpretation of the style. A bit boisterous, but doesn't cross the line. Another good CL beer.

RblWthACoz, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Conn.

Appearance is a nice light honey color with a cream white head.

The smell is light, kind of sweet, and very inviting.

The taste is citrusy, easy going and completely refreshing !

The mouthfeel is similar to the rest of the beer, nothing too strong, but a bit sweet, a hint of spice, pleasant overall.

The drinkability is high, especially goes well with a warm sunny day and lighter food.

mltobin, Sep 06, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got another growler of this for a trade but that never materialized. Took the opportunity to get down with the Captain. Pours a clear golden - light orange. Head rises and falls quick enough. Aroma is a bit sweet with a citrus spice - the Wit coming through.

Taste hits a bit on the hoppy/spicy side that hovers over the sweetness of this wit initially but lets it squeak on through and ushers in some additional spice. This one seems to be a bit more balanced with the hops than previous incarnations, which I did not enjoy as much - yet good.

A very nice drinker, light and crisp, that is good with food and for the masses. Drank this one intermittently while rebuilding a rock wall that my Oak knocked down. A keg of this would be nice for one of the faucets at a party.

5.11.2008
B / 3.55
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4
rDev: -7.6%

gpcollen1, Aug 19, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler Im stoked to have brought back from the brewery- cracked open on a beautiful night.

Poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A: Maize gold and transparent. Extremely thin head with little to no lace left on the glass.

N: Lemon peel, citrus and some kiwi(?) with some sweet malt smells. Hops come and go in the aroma, knocked out a bit from the orange and coriander.

T: Sweet and citrusy, some banana sweetness comes in too. Hops are much stronger than in the nose. The wheat is prominent without being abrasive. Coriander on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M: A lot of carbonation and leaves a crispness on the tongue from the hop presence. Spiciness from coriander.

D: As refreshing as they come. Right on for the style with a simplistic spin that makes this all the more enjoyable.

marcpal, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by gpcollen1. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the slightly cloudy light golden brew. Head is promptly down to a tight layer of foam, with lasting lace. Aroma is wheaty and tart, to style. Taste follows the nose, with the tartness complementing and not out of place, as is sometimes the case. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is incredibly easy. Very approachable wit, highly recommended.

ppoitras, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve-ounce beer sampled on-tap at Blind Tiger on Bleecker Street in Manhattan...
Pours a clear, lucid, golden-colored hue with a small head and very minimal lacing around the serving glass and ample carbonation...
Aroma was wheat-filled, dominated by citrus and yeast...
Taste was what you would expect from a good-quality Witbier... crisp, clean, refreshing, with hints of ripe fruit, lemons, citrus, wheat, and coriander...
Slick mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability... Not sure what the ABV on this one was, but it definitely wasn't too high...
Good stuff and a great depiction of the style...
Worth a try...

dsa7783, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sun Block Witte...on tap at Gramercy Tavern

Appearance- Pale gold with a really wispy head, not that much lace.

Smell- Orange peel and citrus appears along with some hops and malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel- refreshing and smooth, alot of fruit notes and carbonation. Aftertaste is a refreshing final note of grains and hops.

Drinkability-refreshing and smooth, in the sweltering summer of New York City this tastes great.

Overall-a solid hoppy witte, fits all the profiles perfectly and tastes great.

TheDeuce, Jun 09, 2008
Sun Block from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.